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Classical music, like most genres, has its own standardized core of accepted and expected instruments, but sometimes something "odd" slips through the cracks: a resurrected instrument from a bygone age, an instrument associated mostly with other Western genres (folk, rock, jazz, etc.), an instrument used mostly by non-Western cultures, obscure oddities, etc. (See also Lethe's thread about electric guitar.)

Any examples? Here are a few:

Bayan: Gubaidulina "Seven Words"
Berimbau: Rosauro "Cadencia Para Berimbau"
Buccina: Respighi's Roman trilogies (though from what I gather, modern instruments are used in its place)
Flexatone: Daugherty Metropolis Symphony
Harmonica: Villa-Lobos concerto for harmonica, Milhaud "Suite Anglaise"
Harpsichord: works by numerous 20th and 21st-century composers (Poulenc, de Falla, Gorecki, Martinu, Carter, Schnittke, Kokkonen, etc.). In fact, it's so "normal" now, that I wonder if it should even be discussed in this context :)
Marimba: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ and Saint-François d'Assise
Octobass: supposedly Wagner, Berlioz, Mahler, Strauss, et al. Anyone know which scores?
Saxophone: same situation as the harpsichord: peripheral but not exactly obscure
Shakuhachi: Takemitsu "Autumn", "November Steps"
Sitar: Shankar sitar concerto

The new erato:
Didgeridoo in Peter Sculthorpe's Requiem

Skin flute was used in...

not edward:

--- Quote from: snyprrr on May 28, 2011, 05:34:00 AM ---Skin flute was used in...

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Nam June Paik's Young Penis Symphony.

I have an answer for everything. ;)


--- Quote from: Grazioso on May 28, 2011, 04:01:56 AM ---Flexatone:

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Khachaturian's Piano Concerto, slow movement: magical.


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